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minerva cuevas - no room to play

daad galerie - berlin
april 11 - june 9, 2019
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daad galerie, berlin, 2019. 

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installation view of no room to play, daad galerie, berlin, 2019. 

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minerva cuevas, no room to play, video still, 2019. 

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installation view of no room to play, daad galerie, berlin, 2019. 

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daad galerie, berlin, 2019. 

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installation view of no room to play, daad galerie, berlin, 2019. 

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minerva cuevas, no room to play, video still, 2019. 

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installation view of no room to play, daad galerie, berlin, 2019. 

Minerva Cuevas’ works move at the interface to political action and practices of social self-determination. Conditions of global food production, the economization and distribution of natural resources on a global level as well as the social causes and consequences of climate change and neoliberal labour market policies are recurring themes in her work. She appropriates the language of the establishment (institutional branding, advertising and commerce) while delivering a message of non-compliance and resistance. Working in different media such as film, performance, installation and mural painting, the research process is a core element in her artistic practice.


In the exhibition NO ROOM TO PLAY Cuevas plays with apocalyptic perspectives and deals with the history of playgrounds in Germany after the Second World War. She explores the connection between historical conditions of urban development and territorial affiliation with principles of competition and play. The motto of the Olympic Games, "Faster, Higher, Stronger", is subjected to a close scrutiny in the context of feminist and anti-capitalist perspectives.
 

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